Living Beyond the Shadow of Doubt (and A GiveAway!)


In the shadow of doubt, insecurity paralyzes us with statements like:

“I can’t do this.”
“Things will never change.”
“My life isn’t going to get better.”
“I’ll never have the confidence I need.”

Those are some depressing thoughts, aren’t they? But oh how quickly they weasel their way into our minds and disguise their voices to sound like ours. Sometimes we agree with them and they become our own.

God doesn’t want us living in a cycle of defeat or dwelling in the shadows of doubt. In Isaiah 49:23, He says: “Then you will know that I am the LORD. Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Yet, doubt and hope cannot live in our hearts at the same time. As God’s girls, we need to know and believe that change is possible. We need to hope that life can be different. Otherwise, doubt will win every time and our hearts will be eroded by attitudes and emotions of defeat—but it is not supposed to be this way.

God declares with confidence that things can change—“See, I am doing a new thing!”I am working all things together for good, because you love me and are called according to my purpose.” “All things are possible to {her} who believes” (Isa. 43:19; Rom. 8:28; Mark 9:23 NASB).

My book,  A Confident Heart, is being featured this week as an InCourage Bloom book club selection, and we’re giving away 5 COPIES too! I would LOVE for you to come on over where we’ll be talking about replacing our lack of self-confidence with lasting “God-fidence”all week. Today we’re sharing…(read more here).

Also, would you do me a little favor? If you’ve read A Confident Heart, would you mind sharing a few thoughts about it in a review here? My kind friends at DaySpring and InCourage have added it to their recommended reads!

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.